Jordan was a country of monarchs until the end of the twentieth century. This beautiful country shares its border with five other countries. They are Saudi Arabia, Israel, SyriaIraq and the West Bank (undetermined). It has a short coastline of twenty-eight kilometers on the Dead Sea. 

The southern part has Israel and Saudi Arabia on both sides. Above it is the region called King’s Highway, which has Israel and the Dead Sea to the west. The Northern part of Jordan has the West Bank to the west, Israel in the north and Syria in the east.

The stretch of desert is on the eastern side of the country next to Iraq.

Amman is the economic and historical capital of the country. You can also visit Irbid, another bustling city. Zarqa is another example of modern Jordan. Other destinations include the Aqaba Beach, the Dana Nature Reserve, the Dead Sea, Jerash (Roman ruins), Bethany (of biblical importance), the Desert Castles and Petra (sandstone city).

Local taxis will help you to get around different towns. Service taxis are way better and generally more convenient. They cost a bit more but are more reliable. Buses, on the other hand, are not comfortable. They are loaded with passengers and are slow. Renting a car also an effective way to see Jordan. The prices are moderate and the cars are in good shape.

Arabic is the official language here. But English is understood in both cities and major tourist destinations. If you are going to offbeat locations, you need to learn some Arabic.

You can spend a day in the country with ease with twenty-five Jordanian dinars. One USD is equal to 0.708 JOD. It’s affordable here. A coke and sandwich together will cost you around two JOD. If you go to this country, you can do it on a budget. If you need to exchange currency, you can do it in banks and bureaux de change. Also, hotels, restaurants and larger shops accept credit cards. ATMs are available in Amman and other large towns. 

In Amman, taxis are plentiful and they all have meters. You can also hire a taxi for the day. 10% tip is common, but not obligatory. Car hire is available in the main towns, from international and local companies, through hotels and travel agencies. It is easy to get around Jordan by road. But you should always carry drinking water in your vehicle, just in case. Cars drive on the right here.  

In Jordan, they use electric sockets of types D and F. The standard voltage is 230V. 

August 10, 2016 12:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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